Pastor Raju has extended a warm welcome and is looking after us extremely well, thank you Raju.
It is dry season and that means dust, and more dust. Dust on top of dust. It hangs in the air making noses dry, throats itchy and clothes dirty. The surrounding mountains are very close but we are unable to see them most days.
Life in Nepal is returning slowly to its 'normal' state, traffic though hectic is well down which makes getting around much quicker. Distances to locations suddenly seem miniscule.
Vendors take up residence in different positions, new buildings continue to sprout making navigating tricky as landmarks are no longer in plain site. Even though trade is hard with tourist numbers well down the people are again vibrant and happy for the most part. You do sense that their fear of further tremors is not far below their surface confidence.
Reacquainting ourselves with friends from past team visits has been enjoyable. Wandering through the streets even some of the beggar folk have greeted us with "Welcome back, long time no see..." perhaps they say that to all the tourists? Although some of them we have had plenty of interaction with.
We have team members here to train and others assisting in various aspects. For Gloria and I, our main role is to update all of the sponsorships for our valued partners.
Interviews to glean information and current photos of these precious lives shows significant growth both physically and in confidence. The level of english is impressive for kids with limited opportunity to practice. Some of the girls have even read their letter from their sponsor back to us perfectly!
A massive thank you to all of the Nepali team members assisting, the school admin and staff, bus and car drivers, translators, your help is invaluable.
Until next blog.